Delhi High Court: Remain on warrant for Cbi investigation against municipal officials

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation ordered by the Lokpal against officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) over illegal constructions in the capital. The court said no investigation could be ordered against the entire department. Judge Pratibha M Singh issued the order while hearing the MCD’s plea against the Ombudsman’s orders. The court also clarified that there is no obstacle to action by authorities if the Ombudsman receives complaints against other officials or illegal arrangements. The CBI has yet to file a First Information Report (FIR) in the case.

On hearing the plea, Judge Singh said that while she was initially reluctant to withdraw the order as she believed the Lokpal had found some evidence, an investigation of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) report found that there was no research has been done at this stage. No specific allegations have been made against the officials involved or the MCD and other agencies, the court said. The Court said that the question of jurisdiction and how the Ombudsman should proceed would arise at a later stage and that the Ombudsman should therefore submit a reply to this case. The court heard the case on April 25.

The MCD argued in the petition that the Lokpal had ordered an investigation against the authorities on 28 November based on an inconsistent and blanket complaint dated December 2021, to which the complainant had responded to obtain data under RTI on illegal and unauthorized constructions . .

PIL against the threat of monkeys

A PIL has been filed in the Delhi High Court on the issue of funds sanctioned by the Central Government to the Delhi Government in January 2019 for the sterilization of monkeys and the use of such funds. The plea states that the New Delhi area has witnessed a steady increase in monkey bite cases. The petition has also asked for a direction to the Delhi government and the NDMC to set up a committee.

The plea has also called for a response to the implementation of directions previously issued by the Supreme Court to curb the threat of monkeys in the national capital and particularly in the New Delhi region. Lawyer Shashwat Bhardwaj claimed that the serious issues related to the threat of monkeys have been completely mismanaged by the authorities and instead of implementing the breeding control techniques within time, the authorities kept delaying.

The Delhi High Court had previously ruled and issued certain directions in connection with monkeys. The petition states that with the issue of monkey threat in Delhi, these guidelines are still not being effectively implemented. The monkeys are a common sight amid the screams of amazement from passersby who walk around the centers of power in the national capital.

Contesting the constitutional validity of the Ujjwala schedule

The constitutional validity of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The petitioner said that the clients of the said scheme get a cashback of Rs 200 per LPG cylinder, while this benefit is not given to other BPL families living below the poverty line. This regulation is therefore unconstitutional. A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Judge Subramaniam Prasad adjourned the hearing of the case until February 13.

According to the petitioner, the PMUY scheme was created on 1 May 2016 to enable BPL families to obtain gas cylinders without having to pay any amount to the gas cylinder sales office. Under this scheme, gas connections would be given to 50 lakh families in three years. In establishing the connection, the government would provide assistance at a cost of Rs 1600 per connection.

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